My book club decided to read The DaVinci Code for April so I thought it was a good time to revisit the Langdon series in its entirety, especially since I haven’t read them in a while and plan on reading the latest book, Origin.
Since the first two books the most known in the series, I decided to start with those two.
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons opens with world-renowned Harvard symbiologist Robert Langdon getting called to a Swiss research facility where a cryptic symbol has been seared into one of the facility’s important physicist. From there, Langdon unravels a plot against the Catholic Church by the Illuminati. The rest of the book takes the reader on a journey as each clue unravels a little more of the plot and what the Illuminati is hoping to accomplish.
If there is one thing about Brown’s books, it is that they immerse the reader into Langdon’s world. I have never been to Rome but through Brown’s writing I could easily picture each place until I felt like I was there. Since Brown’s books are inspired by true events it was interesting to read the history of the Illuminati, its members and the relationship of the group with the Catholic Church over the years.
I have probably seen the movie, starring Tom Hanks, way more than I read this book. While I knew the general story, I had forgotten so many of the details, especially the ones that are different from the movie. It was like reading the book for the first time.
The reread was just as enjoyable as the first time. It is a good race-against-the-clock thriller that definitely keeps the pages turning. There is no dull moment in this book.
The DaVinci Code
The DaVinci Code is the second book of the Langdon series and this time it takes him to Paris where the curator of the Louvre has been murdered with a weird symbol on his chest. Langdon quickly learns that the curator is the grand master of the Priory of Scion, the guardians of the Holy Grail. Langdon joins up with the director’s granddaughter Sophie to unravel the clues that her grandfather has left behind and involve the old artistic master Leonardo DaVinci. Langdon and Sophie soon find themselves in the middle of their own grail quest that is full of twists and turns along the way.
I remember reading this book when it first came out when I was in high school. I was stunned by the ending of the book because it went against all my Catholic teachings about the life of Jesus. While fiction, the fact that some of the book was based on fact and Brown was able to make it so believable, definitely threw me. Could this really be true? I remember this book stirring some controversy when it came out and it makes you wonder why.
Like Angels and Demons, I have watched the movie more than I have read the book so it was interesting to find all the differences in the story line. Despite that, the book is a page turner and definitely had me from page one. It’s filled with cryptic puzzles, historical art, conspiracy theories and danger. What is not to love?